Discussing Mobility and Physical Function in an Acute Care setting with Simone Gruenig
    Patrick Dessaulles

    Welcome to New Directions, the official podcast of the Physiotherapy Association of BC. My name is Patrick Dessaulles, the Professional Development Lead at PABC, and the host of this episode. Before we begin, I would like to acknowledge that I live and work on the ancestral, unceded, and occupied lands of the Syilx Okanagan First Nations.

    I also acknowledge the lands of indigenous peoples across B. C. In this episode, I sit down with Simone Gruenig, lecturer and course coordinator in the University of British Columbia Physiotherapy Program. We are going to discuss a recent study on responsiveness of outcome measures for assessing mobility and physical function in participants with traumatic injury in the acute hospital setting.

    In order to get the full title of the article, I will link it in the show notes so that you can have a look and have a read through. So thank you very much, Simone, for taking the time to sit down and discuss this and share, your thoughts and insights on this article. why don't you maybe start off just with given folks listening, a bit of an idea of who you are and a little more detail about yourself.

    Simone Gruenig

    Yeah, wonderful. Thanks for having me on, Patrick. so as you said, my name is Simone Gruenig. I'm a lecturer in the Department of Physical Therapy at UBC for the last 17 years. I also still work a bit clinically for Vancouver Coastal Health. I've been a clinician going on now For, 22, 23 years, I started off doing some grad work in looking at, research and outcome measures with the high acuity thoracic surgical patient population.

    Then I came out to British Columbia with my family, my husband's from out here. and have been working kind of part time for the university and part time for Vancouver Coastal Health for the last number of years, really focusing on, my teaching has been within kind of the acute care patient population, really focusing on, cardiorespiratory and, kind of acute mobility.

    And then also some pathology and understanding kind of the background of the conditions that individuals, are affected with and challenged with in the acute care setting. And, the last couple of years, I've also been doing some teaching in the rehab assist program at Capilano University.

    So, tasks that we delegate our RAs with, I've been fortunate enough to start, teaching in that program. So I'm always looking for articles and the latest evidence to bring into my teaching. I postgraduate courses too. One for PABC that's coming up in the fall. And so, because one of the most common questions that clinicians ask is, how can I make my practice more evidence based?

    it seems to be that, clinicians that are more in the private practice, ortho realm, typically, kind of look at the literature, in a different way or, taking courses to upgrade their skills. There's less courses in the acute care setting, and some clinicians, find that, their ability to look to the evidence because they're so workload is, is so high on shortages.

    Are so high in public practice. they really turn to individuals that are in the realm of teaching or education and are still clinicians to kind of answer some of their, key points, which one of the big ones is outcome measures. And how do we kind of tailor outcome measures to kind of help, ease the load in the public practice, including discharge planning.

    Patrick Dessaulles

    Well, I think that's a great kind of segue. I mean, I think that kind of leads in real nice into this. Article that we're going to discuss here a little bit more. Perhaps if you could just briefly describe what the article was looking at, and then maybe a little bit, about some more of the specifics of the article as well, and then we can go from there.

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